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CORNWALL, Ontario - The Kinsmen in Motion: Show & Shine is a key ingredient to summer celebrations at Lamoureux Park.
Over 160 vintage vehicles, souped-up hot rods, and muscle cars were on display at the fourth annual event on Sunday (August 23).
As hundreds of automobile enthusiasts and serious gearheads toured the park, over $2,000 was raised for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cornwall & District.
“It’s growing in popularity and showing no signs of slowing down,” said Jody Archambault, event chair and Kinsmen Club of Cornwall past president.
This year, organizers slammed the brakes on asking for support from local residents and businesses to test the event’s popularity from a minimalist approach.
Since attendance and participation levels stayed on par with previous years, plans are already underway for attracting new sponsorship in hopes to expand the 2016 edition.
“We decided not to ask the community for sponsorship dollars to ensure the show can sustain itself, since there are so many worthy causes that need money,” said Kinsmen Club of Cornwall president Ray Eady. “Now that we see a demand, we’re moving full speed ahead.”
Eady wants to partner with other downtown summer events happening on the same weekend, such as Beyond 21’s Food Fest and CoTiCon.
Show & Shine organizers thank Kia of Cornwall for three years of dedicated support.
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There will be big fun – and plenty of big wheels – in Lamoureux Park on Sunday, August 23rd as the Kinsmen Club of Cornwall plays host to the 2015 In Motion Show & Shine car show.
The third annual event kicks off at 9 am, and organizers are expecting upwards of 150 different vehicles to be in attendance. Visitors can expect to see a mix of muscle cars, classics, old antiques, imports and more. The show runs until 4 pm and admission is free.
“It’s a great day to meet up with old friends and meet new people in the car community,” said Kinsmen Club member Jody Archambault, Chair of the In Motion Show & Shine.
Hosting the car show in the picturesque Lamoureux Park on the banks of the St. Lawrence River definitely adds another element to the event.
“Our park is phenomenal and we have such a wonderful waterfront,” said Mr. Archambault. “The families and the people that come out to the show enjoy having it here.”
In addition to the 100-plus wheeled attractions, there will be food and a Hot Wheels dragstrip to keep the children entertained.
“The kids seem to enjoy it and the adults enjoy it quite a bit too,” said Mr. Archambault with a laugh.
In addition to the car show, Mr. Archambault said attendees can also take advantage of the nearby splash pad and play structure for children or the shops and restaurants in the Cornwall Square and Downtown area. Last year, he noted, many showgoers made a point of crossing Water Street and visit the mall or one of the shops or restaurants along Pitt Street.
The ultimate goal, Mr. Archambault added, is to see the show become even larger and to incorporate the Downtown area into the event.
“It’s good for the City and it brings visitors to the community,” he said. “We hope to see it grow in future years and possibly make it a full weekend-long event.”
Proceeds from the event will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Arriving to the show early and didn't have time to eat?? No worries we got you covered, Gaufrabec will be in attendance at this years Show & Shine. They plan to serve sweet/salty waffles too which can be eaten as a meal, in addition to all their desert choices.
Hope to see you at the show!!
The 2015 Kinsmen Show and Shine will be held on Sunday, August 23, 2015. Based on feedback we have received from our pervious two years, this year's even will be a 100% Show and Shine so no trophies will be presented.
Click here to check out the photos taken thoughout the day at our 2014 Kinsmen Show & Shine.
CORNWALL, Ontario - Thousands of gearheads and car enthusiasts buckled up for a full-throttle ride at the second annual Kinsmen in Motion: Show & Shine.
A fleet of hot rods, vintage vehicles, muscle cars, and motorcycles lined Cornwall's Lamoureux Park on Sunday, August 24.
Registration fees ($10) from all 145 participants went directly to the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Cornwall & District.
"We had a great time, great weather and this event is a fun, free way to get people into the park to enjoy it," said event director Eric Smellie. "Attendance is up and we're very pleased with how it all turned out."
The Show & Shine managed to keep its momentum despite being down five vehicles from last year and competing with the Golden Gears Car Club third annual car show in Iroquois.
Smellie, a member of the Kinsmen Club of Cornwall, doesn't see any signs of the event slowing down.
Over two thousand spectators enjoyed the car show, food vendors, Hot Wheels race track, and live music by Jamie Heath, SwitchGear, and The Johnny Cash Experience. Awards and prizes were also handed out to the top participants.
Ray Eady, vice-president of the Kinsmen Club of Cornwall, thanked local car dealerships Notman Chrysler Dodge, Cornwall Honda, Cornwall Nissan, Kia of Cornwall, as well as Mac Tools for helping to build the event into a car lover's paradise.
A huge shootout went out to Mocktails Patio in Cornwall for kicking off the car show in style the Saturday night before with a drive-in theatre movie viewing.
Over a dozen Kinsmen and 30-plus BBBS volunteers worked together to make the event a big deal for a group of Littles, youth waiting to be paired with a mentor.
Teamed with a Big, local youth judged the competition.
"This is a whole different type of fundraising," said Amanda Brisson, BBBS executive director. "The car show is a great opportunity for Bigs and Littles to get out together. And it's not a serious judging, it's about family and community."
Check out our slideshow to see the best of this year's Kinsmen in Motion Show & Shine.